Meghan claims her wedding to Harry brought in $1.3 billion to UK far off-setting public money spent on security
Meghan Markle is of the belief that her royal wedding to Prince Harry made Britain $1.3 billion (£1 billion) as tourism cash, court papers show. Meghan, 38, claims that the money that was raised from the wedding at Windsor Castle back in 2018 "far outweighed" the contribution made by the taxpayer towards security, said reports.
The Duchess of Sussex's legal team revealed that the wedding was "not, in fact, publicly funded, but rather personally financed by HRH The Prince of Wales," reports The Sun.
The team also shared, "Any public costs incurred for the wedding were solely for security and crowd control to protect members of the public, as deemed necessary by Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police." These findings were revealed in legal papers in the current case between Meghan and Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over an article by the Mail, which had published parts of a handwritten note Meghan had sent to her father Thomas Markle in 2018.
The media outlet, on the other hand, claims that Thomas Markle had made it public after five of Meghan's friends had given an interview about the same to People magazine. It has also been reported that a Consulting Firm Brand Finance had earlier estimated that Meghan and Harry's wedding would bring in around $375 million (£300 million) via tourism to the UK.
The company had estimated that there would be an overall boost to the UK economy of around $1.31 billion (£1.05 billion), which was inclusive of $375 million (£300m) in public relations value, $312 million (£250m) for retail and restaurants, $187 million (£150m) for the fashion industry and around $62 million (£50m) merchandise.
The papers reveal that Meghan claimed that she had felt 'unprotected' by the 'institution' of the royal family and was unable to defend herself against any of the false claims made about her. The documents state that she had "become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles", which had caused "tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health." They also claimed that Meghan should have been allowed to continue to do paid work as Princess Beatrice and Eugenie can earn a private income. The princesses are not 'working royals' and do not need to attend royal events.
We had earlier reported that Meghan Markle has reportedly complained that her sister-in-law Kate Middleton "snaps her fingers" and is backed up by the Palace after a negative article whereas she did not receive any support when she was slammed by the media.
Tatler magazine published a story called 'Catherine the Great', which said Prince William and Kate had a "swathe of inaccuracies and false representations." Insiders have said that Meghan is upset over the sense of urgency and support that Kate received from the Palace, reports the Daily Mail.
"Meghan said Kensington Palace never once came to her defense when she was being shredded by the media. Now Kate gets a bit of negative press, and the Palace comes out in less than 24 hours to rebuke the claims made against her," a friend said.